Port of Oakland Extends Renewable Energy Contract

Port of Oakland Extends Renewable Energy Contract

The Oakland Board of Port Commissioners has extended its contract with East Bay Municipal Utility District to buy renewable energy, a move that gives the port access to renewable electricity for 2.5 more years for tenants and customers within the port, the Oakland seaport said Oct. 21. The port has been buying energy for the last decade under a power purchase agreement. “This helps us to exceed regulatory requirements for renewable sources of electricity for our current and future needs,” Port Utilities Administration Manager Jared Carpenter said. “This is good for our community and continues our valuable partnership with EBMUD.”…
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Calif. Transportation Secretary Visits Port of Oakland

Calif. Transportation Secretary Visits Port of Oakland

The Port of Oakland hosted California State Transportation Agency Secretary Toks Omishakin in late September for a tour of port operations and a talk about facility upgrades and sustainability projects, including those related to zero emissions and renewable energy. “The Port of Oakland is a critical link in our state and national supply chain,” Omishakin said. “As California makes historic investments in our supply chain infrastructure under Gov. Gavin Newsom, I look forward to continue working with the Port of Oakland to help create a safer, cleaner, more efficient and more equitable goods movement system that continues to power our…
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Port of Oakland Partners on Transportation, Logistics Workforce Training

Port of Oakland Partners on Transportation, Logistics Workforce Training

The Port of Oakland and the West Oakland Job Resource Center are teaming up to provide training for workers for green jobs in the transportation and logistics industry, the port announced Sept. 26. The center, which launched the “Greening the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Industry” initiative, netted a $350,000 California Energy Commission’s Clean Transportation Program grant, which is part of the commission’s $100 million annual investment to communities by fast-tracking the development and deployment of green transportation and fuel technologies, the port said. The project seeks to create roads to good-paying, quality jobs in marginalized communities. Those in the program…
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White House Port Envoy and Oakland Officials Meet, Discuss Supply Chain Solutions

White House Port Envoy and Oakland Officials Meet, Discuss Supply Chain Solutions

The White House’s Port and Supply Chain Envoy, retired U.S. Army General Stephen R. Lyons, toured the Port of Oakland on Aug. 29 and met with port officials and stakeholders. Lyons has been visiting U.S. ports to address on-going supply chain issues in America. He toured the Oakland Seaport to take a first-hand look at the maritime operations and learn more about Oakland’s port terminal activities. Lyons met with Port of Oakland Executive Director Danny Wan and Maritime Director Bryan Brandes to discuss the challenges Oakland’s maritime activities are facing and continue the federal dialogue to support solutions to goods movement at Oakland. “I am committed to looking for ways to stabilize the entire supply…
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Port of Oakland OKs Clean Energy Project Design Contract

Port of Oakland OKs Clean Energy Project Design Contract

The Port of Oakland has approved a $2 million design contract for a clean energy project at the Northern California seaport, the port announced Monday, Aug. 22. Engineering design consulting company Burns & McDonnell has been selected to perform the work, which would involve injecting green technology and resiliency elements to the electrical infrastructure design of the project that would serve the former Oakland Army Base and Outer Harbor areas and bolster its electrical grid resiliency, according to the port. That electrical infrastructure encompasses “solar generation, battery storage systems, a fuel cell and the replacement of a substation and connecting…
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Port of Oakland Monthly Cargo Numbers Drop

Port of Oakland Monthly Cargo Numbers Drop

Overall cargo volumes fell at the Port of Oakland in June compared to the same time a year ago, according to new data released by the port July 28. The Northern California seaport processed 163,757 loaded TEUs in June, 1.5% less than the 166,252 TEUs recorded in June 2021. With empties factored in, total volume dropped 2.9% year over year, data show. The port did see a slight 0.5% uptick in import volumes with 95,530 TEUs last month, but the increase was countered by the 4.2% drop in loaded exports. In June, the port handled 68,227 TEUs in loaded exports…
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Oakland Terminals Reopen Following Truckers’ AB5 Protests

Oakland Terminals Reopen Following Truckers’ AB5 Protests

After days of truckers protesting AB5 shut down terminals at the Port of Oakland, the port’s marine terminals are up and running again. “The Port of Oakland has resumed full operations,” Port Executive Director Danny Wan said in a July 25 statement. "We appreciate the independent truck drivers' use of the designated Free Speech Zones and we thank local law enforcement for their continued assistance.” Terminals reopened Saturday, July 23, after hundreds of truck drivers began protesting the implementation of AB5, a state law mandating stronger language for labeling workers as independent contractors. The law that was adopted in 2018…
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Truck Driver Protests Shut Down Oakland Port Terminals

Truck Driver Protests Shut Down Oakland Port Terminals

The Port of Oakland this week saw operations at its shipping terminals shut down after hundreds of truck drivers began protesting the implementation of AB5, a state law mandating stronger language for labeling workers as independent contractors. The law, adopted in 2018, was recently affirmed by the courts after the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to review it. “We understand the frustration expressed by the protestors at California ports,” Port Executive Director Danny Wan said in a July 20 statement. “But prolonged stoppage of port operations in California for any reason will damage all the businesses operating at the ports…
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Port of Oakland Adopts $480 Million FY 2023 Budget

Port of Oakland Adopts $480 Million FY 2023 Budget

The Oakland Board of Port Commissioners approved a 2023 fiscal year budget of $480 million at its June 23 meeting. The Port of Oakland said it anticipates a $35 million revenue increase in FY 2023, and that cargo volume at the seaport is expected to increase 2%. “Our economy has overcome the initial pandemic shock and our employees have done an excellent job containing expenses,” Port of Oakland Executive Director Danny Wan said. “However rising inflation and a threatened recession mean we have to remain vigilant.” “Port operations are supported by a strong and diverse local economy,” the port said…
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Port of Oakland Monthly Cargo Dips Slightly

Port of Oakland Monthly Cargo Dips Slightly

Last month, the number of imports that moved through the Port of Oakland rose 6.7% from the same time a year ago, even as the amount of overall cargo dipped by less than 1% year over year, according to data released by the port Tuesday, July 5. Oakland reported a 0.5 percent increase in May exports year-over-year. The Northern California seaport handled 98,789 TEUs in imports, a win for port officials who pointed to ongoing congestion in the global supply chain. Bottlenecks at some ports and COVID-19 lockdowns at other ports have led to delayed arrivals of cargo to Oakland.…
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